Chapter Two: Nia (180g LP)

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Format: LP 
Label: Now Again 
Year: 2020 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 


A1 Introduction 
A2 Contradiction (For Thulani) 
A3 Black Experience 
A4 Nia (Poem: Complete The Circle) 

B1 The End Of The Butterfly King (Poem: Things Comin' Along) 
B2 Black Unity 

Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Percussion – Plunky Nkabinde 
Bells, Vocals [Poetry] – Ngoma Ya Uhuru 
Congas – Simbo 
Drums, Congas, Whistle – Babatunde 
Electric Bass – Phil Branch 
Piano, Shekere, Percussion – Al-Hammel Rasul 
Vibraphone, Percussion – Lon Moshe 

Magical, mystical, Afrocentric, progressive -- words that could be used to describe any number of musical compositions by Sun Ra or his cosmic brothers and sisters, from John to Alice Coltrane, early '70s projects on record labels like Detroit's Tribe or Houston's Lightin' or the interests of one Washington, DC native named Jimmy Gray that centered under one, perfect moniker: Black Fire. 

Gray spent nearly three decades pushing boundaries as a Black American promoter, distributor and, finally, record label owner. Together with Oneness of Juju's leader James 'Plunky Nkabinde' Branch, Gray oversaw sixteen releases on Black Fire Records between 1975 and 1996. 

These are the definitive reissues of five of the label's key titles. With this set, Oneness Of Juju and Black Fire's story burns forth into its fifth decade, its message not tempered, its sound pure. Each release is packaged in a thick, tip-on sleeve and includes a deluxe booklet with extensive notes on the album, the Black Fire collective, and the musical and cultural revolution they created. 

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